A new video has just been published on the JG Thirlwell YouTube Channel of a string quartet performance of the Manorexia classic ‘A Plastic Island in the Pacific‘. It’s from the concert ‘JG Thirlwell : String Quartets’ at the Noguchi Sculpture Museum in Queens, NY on August 9 2015. The concert was presented by Bang On A Can. You can watch the video here.
The quartet consisted of Adrianna Mateo on violin, Elena Moon Park on violin and trumpet, Isabel Hagen on viola and Clara Kennedy on cello. Live electronic treatments and manipulations were performed on the instruments by JG Thirlwell.
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JG Thirlwell + Ensemble will be performing as part of the Bang On A Can Long Play Festival on May 1 2022 at Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. The Festival runs from April 29-May 1 2022 and will feature 60 concerts over three days at in eight different venues in Downtown Brooklyn. There will be performances by Attaca Quartet, Ashley Bathgate, Balún, Joan La Barbara, Kelly Moran, Matmos, Sun Ra Arkestra, Tristan Perich, Dither & Lee Ranaldo and many more, and works by Anthony Braxton, Arvo Pärt, John Luther Adams, Terry Riley, David Lang, Eliane Radigue, Galina Ustvolskaya, Robert Ashley, Ornette Coleman, Brian Eno, Julia Wolfe and more.
JG Thirlwell + Ensemble play chamber versions of some Foetus repertoire and will be premiering two new arrangements for the show. With Evan Allen on piano and accordion, Leah Asher on violin and viola, Rebecca El-Saleh on harp, Simon Hanes on acoustic guitar and bass guitar, Pete Moffett on percussion and JG Thirlwell on vocals.
Tickets are available here, and you can receive a 50% discount on tickets by using the code JGTENSEMBLE
The Bang On A Can Allstars are headed to Australia, and they will be performing JG Thirlwell‘s “Anabiosis” composition in Sydney on August 25 2018 and in Melbourne on August 28 2018.
Bang On A Can commissioned Thirlwell to compose “Anabiosis” in 2006, and Thirlwell subsequently recorded his own version, which appeared on the Manorexia album Dinoflagellate Blooms. Thirlwell then adapted the piece for the Manorexia chamber ensemble. In 2015 Thirlwell reworked the piece for the Allstars, which by now had three new members in its ranks.
In Sydney, the Bang On A Can Allstars will perform as part of Extended Play, a 12-hour micro-festival that explores and celebrates new music in every format imaginable at the City Recital Hall. You may purchase tickets for the whole festival here, or just for the Bang On A Can Allstars performance here.
At the Melbourne Recital Hall, the Allstars will perform Thirlwell’s piece, along with pieces by BOAC founders David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, plus a piece by Philip Glass. Tickets for the Melbourne concert here.
JG Thirlwell will be presenting a program of works for string quartet, including a world premiere and a NY premiere, on the afternoon of August 9 2015 at the Noguchi Sculpture Museum in Queens, NY. He will join the quartet for the last piece of the program, which will be for string quartet with electronic treatments. The quartet for the concert will consist of Adrianna Mateo and Elena Moon Park on violins, Isabel Hagen on viola and Clara Kennedy on cello. The concert is presented by Bang On A Can. The concert will be at 3pm. Admission is free with entry to the museum.
The River to River Festival is “28 days of transformative, investigative art in unexpected places across Lower Manhattan”. JG Thirlwell will appear in two special events at the River to River Festival in New York this June. Firstly, on June 23, JG Thirlwell’s Manorexia will appear in concert at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University on a bill with Pauline Oliveros and Susie Ibarra & Roberto Rodriguez. During the evening, Manorexia will perform pieces from the Manorexia oeuvre including the premiere of a new arrangement of Plastic Island In The Pacific. This event is presented by New York Electronic Art Festival (NYEAF) and Harvestworks.
Secondly on July 11 the organization ((audience)) presents Manorexia: Dinoflagellate Blooms in glorious 5.1 sound at Tribeca Cinemas. RSVP is required for this event.
Also appearing at the festival will be So Percussion, Two-Headed Calf & Yarn/Wire, Laurie Anderson, Bang On A Can, Hauschka, Kosminen, and Zeigler, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Maja S.K. Ratkje, Mantra Percussion, Paola Prestini and much more.